8 Unhealthy Habits Aging Adults Should Quit

By Marvin, 9:00 am on

Seniors need to adopt healthy lifestyles to protect their wellbeing and reduce their risk of serious medical conditions. This can be difficult for some seniors to accomplish, especially if they have bad habits. Family caregivers should help seniors replace the following unhealthy habits with healthier ones. 

1. Eating a High-Fat Diet

Following a diet that is high in saturated fats can increase the risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and serious heart conditions. Family caregivers should prepare meals with low-fat foods and a high amount of fruits and vegetables.

Professional at-home caregivers can also prepare nutritious meals for aging adults. Plano in-home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

2. Sitting Around Too Much

Staying physically active is one of the best things seniors can do to stay healthy. Those who lead sedentary lifestyles have a high risk of developing diabetes and other serious health conditions, especially if they’re overweight. Family caregivers should encourage their loved ones to get daily exercise, such as taking walks or doing stretches at home. 

3. Smoking

Smoking cigarettes or using other kinds of tobacco products is linked to a wide range of serious health conditions in seniors, including lung cancer and heart disorders. Giving up smoking decreases these risks, although it can be difficult for seniors to break this habit. Family caregivers should offer support and consult their loved one’s doctor to find effective ways to give up smoking. 

4. Spending Too Much Time Alone

Some seniors get into the habit of spending most or all of their time alone, which increases the risk of depression. Family caregivers can provide companionship and encourage seniors to spend time with their friends.

5. Relying on Pain Medications

Seniors with medical conditions that cause persistent pain, such as arthritis, often depend on pain medications for relief. Taking too many of these medications could have adverse effects, including a higher risk of ulcers. Family caregivers should monitor the amount of pain medication their loved one takes. 

If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Plano home care agency you can trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services.

6. Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Having too much alcohol, especially on a regular basis, can have harmful effects on cognitive function and certain parts of the body. Family caregivers should monitor how much alcohol their loved one drinks.

7. Not Getting Enough Sleep

Some seniors end up having poor sleep quality due to bad habits such as eating large meals before bed or watching TV at bedtime. Family caregivers should help them establish healthy sleep habits such as doing a quiet activity before bed and keeping the lights low. Building healthy habits such as these can lead to better sleep quality, which lowers the risk of health conditions caused by poor sleep or lack of sleep.

8. Managing Stress Poorly

Stress can have a significant impact on physical, emotional, and mental health in seniors. Family caregivers should help seniors find healthy ways to manage stress, such as talking about how they’re feeling, keeping a journal, doing yoga, or taking up meditation.

Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. Plano seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. We also offer hourly respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their duties. Call (214) 586-0120 today to schedule a free in-home consultation.